ST. PETERSBURG — Bang. The balloon finally burst.
For a nightmarish week, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the Blue Jays. But Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, All That Could Go did just that in one of the biggest offensive outbursts in franchise history, as Toronto cruised to a 20-1 win over the Rays.
It all started with the Blue Jays stringing together hits and playing the assembly-line brand of baseball that had long eluded them. Two hours later, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walked to home plate without batting gloves and threw a grand slam at Luke Raley — yes, the position player — in the ninth to put the Blue Jays by 16. They weren’t ‘t even made it there.
The 20-1 win doesn’t erase the five-game losing streak or 1-7 streak the Blue Jays just had against their American League East rivals, but it’s their win. largest of the first two months and the fourth highest number of points. this organization scored in a game. It’s not just about winning, but about how Toronto did it and where it all came from.
All nine starters have recorded at least one hit in the Blue Jays’ blast of 27 hits, the second-highest total in club history and just two shy of their record (29) set last season in Boston. It also started at the top, with George Springer going 4 for 5 and falling off the cycle twice. Manager John Schneider has once said that “George is what keeps us going”, and there hasn’t been a better example of that this season.